What Did LGBTQ Entertainment Critics Choose as the Film of 2018?

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Nicholas Holt in The Favourite

Nicholas Holt in "The Favourite" by Yorgos Lanthimos courtesy 20th Century Fox

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics has announced the recipients of its tenth annual Dorian Awards – recognizing excellence in the past year’s film and television as decided by a group of over 200 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally entertainment journalists.

Cheeky historical romp The Favourite took the group’s award for Film of the Year. Echoing her recent Golden Globes win, Olivia Colman was awarded Film Performance of the Year (Actress) for her turn as the loony and lady-loving Queen Anne in the film, and Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara won Screenplay of the Year for its saucy script.

GALECA also agreed with the globes in other categories, including wins for the beautiful, black-and-white, Mexican film Roma in the categories of Best Foreign Language Film and Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón; Regina King as a loving mother in If Beale Street Could Talk; and Sandra Oh as a wry assassin-hunter in Killing Eve.

Several film projects received accolades specifically for their queer content. The award for LGBTQ Film of the Year went to crime caper Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and Richard E. Grant won Film Performance of the Year (Supporting Actor) as its riotous rake Jack Hock. Meanwhile, LGBTQ Documentary of the year went to McQueen, a look at the life of its troubled titular fashion icon.

Unique Dorian Awards categories include Visually Striking Film of the Year, which went to science fiction horror film Annihilation; Unsung Film of the Year, which went to the Viola Davis-starring thrill ride Widows; and Campy Flick of the Year, which was awarded to the delightful Paul Feig-helmed thriller A Simple Favor.

Other film awards went to Ethan Hawke for Film Performance of the Year (Actor) for his priestly performance in First Reformed and to the Mr. Rogers recap Won’t You Be My Neighbor? for Documentary of the Year.

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On the TV front, both TV Drama of the Year and LGBTQ TV Show of the Year went to the dynamic and diverse Pose, which also garnered awards for Billy Porter in both the categories of TV Performance of the Year (Actor) and TV Musical Performance of the Year for “Home” (along with MJ Rodriguez and Our Lady J).

Another multiple award winner was TV Comedy of the Year and Unsung TV Show of the Year, rich fish out-of-water comedy Schitt’s Creek. Meanwhile, TV Current Affairs Show of the Year went to Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and Campy TV Show of the Year went to RuPaul’s Drag Race

Other unique Dorian Awards categories include the “We’re Wilde About You!” Rising Star Award went to Awkwafina, whose wisecracking energy lit up screens in Crazy Rich Asian. The Wilde Wit of the Year, which honors a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse, was #MeToo Mouthpiece Hannah Gadsby. Wilde Artist of the Year, honoring a truly groundbreaking force in film, stage and/or television, went to a man who has done great work in all three genres — Ryan Murphy. And the title of Timeless Star, given to an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character wisdom and wit, was bestowed on Harvey Fierstein, whose terrific Torch Song revival is Broadway bound.

Select GALECA winners and nominees will be celebrated at the group’s freewheeling Winners Toast, which will be hosted by the hilarious Frank De Caro.

Last modified: January 9, 2019